Necmettin Erbakan, Turkey's first Islamist PM, dies

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Turkey's first Islamist Prime Minister, Necmettin Erbakan, has died at the age of 84, one of his aides has said.

Mr Erbakan served only a year as prime minister before he was forced to stand down in 1997 by Turkey's staunchly secular military.

His Islamist Welfare Party was banned in 1998, while Mr Erbakan was barred from politics for five years for violating the constitution.

The governing AK Party, which has Islamist roots, grew out of Welfare.

Necmettin Erbakan led the Welfare Party to unexpected success in the 1995 general election when it won just over 20% of the vote to become the largest party in parliament.

Mr Erbakan became prime minister in June the following year in coalition with Tansu Ciller's centre-right True Path Party....

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